Deadlines are one of the best forcing functions out there.
They force you to reduce scope and say no (or “not now”) to many other things that you could do, and focus only on the things that will help you hit the deadline.
But I think the ability to self-impose deadlines and stick to them is a superpower. And I’m trying to develop it as best I can.
Because it’s easy to set a deadline (I’m going to clean X by this Friday) and fail to reach it week after week after week after week which just leads to anxiety and stress…
… and it’s hard to hit deadlines all the time because life happens.
But every time you hit a deadline, you cast votes for having the identity of someone who doesn’t miss deadlines.
And eventually, you become that person who never misses deadlines.